Shimadzu expands EchoView scanner line

March 13, 1996

Shimadzu will add the latest platform to its EchoView series ofultrasound scanners at next week's American Institute of Ultrasoundin Medicine meeting. The new system, SDU-2000, features 128-channelarchitecture with a hybrid beamformer. It is a

Shimadzu will add the latest platform to its EchoView series ofultrasound scanners at next week's American Institute of Ultrasoundin Medicine meeting. The new system, SDU-2000, features 128-channelarchitecture with a hybrid beamformer. It is a general-purposecolor-flow scanner targeted at cardiac, abdominal, vascular, andsuperficial applications. Shimadzu is also planning a power Dopplerupgrade for the scanner.

A fully configured SDU-2000 is expected to sell for a listprice of $85,000. SDU-2000 is pending 510(k) clearance from theFood and Drug Administration.

Another scanner in the EchoView line, SDU-350, received FDA510(k) clearance last month. That scanner is a lightweight, gray-scale,30-pound system that will retail for about $25,000.

Shimadzu, of Torrance, CA, debuted the EchoView technologyat last year's Radiological Society of North America meeting.The company also introduced its TrueVision probe technology, whichexpands the bandwidth of Shimadzu's probes to between 5 and 8MHz.